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  1. The AOL Knot is still currently in use. Any adult can wear the knot on their uniform. I have one on mine.
  2. Yeah, they should never be punished because of their opinion. The leaders in our Troop disagree on a lot of things, especially like hot button issues (gays in scouts, etc.), but none of us would ever punish or shun any of the others because of their differing opinions.
  3. I can't see any harm in it at all. My mother was raised Catholic, my father Methodist. I was baptized as a Methodist. I have studied all the denominations and really don't adhere to just one. I consider myself to be a Christian. I've always been of the mindset that going to church is good and you should if you want to, but it's not necessary to be a Christian. With that being said, I don't see why he shouldn't be able to profess a love, respect and belief in God without professing a denomination as his own. Isn't that pretty much what Scouting itself doe? Duty to God, not a denomination.
  4. Lol, yes, that's actually a requirement to get into the Ordeal ceremony. It's in the Great Smoky Mountain Council in Tennessee. It's the Lodge I started in.
  5. You could always call the local council office. They should have it on record.
  6. I'm personally not a fan of technology while camping. To me it just takes away from the enjoyment of nature. Too many kids are glued to their phones nowadays. I don't think I would go so far as to not allow them at all on campouts, but I would certainly encourage them to use them as little as possible.
  7. This page seems to be pretty dead. I guess I'll start a thread. Anyone have an Pellissippi Lodge 230 patches they want to sell/trade?
  8. You're 100% right CaliGirl, it's very stressful, and it can be a very demanding and thankless position. Having said that though, abusing that position is a big deal, especially when it can affect the boys in such negative ways.
  9. I agree, and most of the time if the adults found out about the weed or alcohol they'd put a stop to it, but it usually didn't result in any severe penalties. They just chalked it up to boys being boys.
  10. I have to agree, Souting does seem way more restrictive and rigid nowadays. Maybe it's just me. I remember when I was a Scout it was pretty common to see the adults smoking. If nature called you found a tree and took care of business. The adults usually brought a six-pack along for the camp fire at night. There were usually a lot of "adult" language by the youth and the adults. The kids weren't so strictly supervised like they are now. And yes, there was almost always some weed or smuggled liquor going around. It seems like we were more resilient and self sustaining back than. Not to mention thicker skinned. Nowadays it seems like most all of that is gone. Now we have to watch what we say or do in fear of being sued. It also seems like the scouts all need such close guidance and have their hands held to do anything today.
  11. Yeah, that should never happen. Scouts cannot be "stripped" of their rank, that's not something that as far as I know is allowed in Scouting (with the possible exception of a revocation of Eagle Scout rank in some rare instances). I would have that Scoutmaster out the door faster than he could realize.
  12. I wouldn't see why there would be an issue with it. It's not like the kids would be drinking.
  13. You are 100% correct. I think it's a case by case thing sometimes. Obviously if the kid shows no remorse then kicking him out might be an option. Or if it's an extremely violent action that he takes. Although at heart they're kids and they make mistakes. I think finding that line is the mark of a great Scoutmaster.
  14. He was punished quite badly by his parents and never allowed to work at the camp that he loved again. I never said that he wasn't punished in the Troop. He was. Very much. But again, I think you're missing the whole point of Boy Scouts. We exist to guide boys to become good men. How would we be doing that if we were to just write him off and kick him out. They decided to keep him in the Troop and help him understand why it was wrong. And he did. And because of that he became the man that he is today.
  15. Just my 2 cents here. I remember when I was a youth in scouts, I worked at our council's summer camp for several years. Not a year went by when there wasn't a few of us smoking cigarettes, marijuana and occasionally alcohol. We were teenagers, it happened. I remember one particular scout named Frank who was a close friend. He would occasionally get his hands on some pot and at night after taps we'd all get together in one of our cabins and he'd smoke it. One night he was trading some patches with another kid who worked with us named Brian. Brian was kind of the spoiled kid that nobody liked. Brian got upset at Frank for not wanting to trade a certain patch that he wanted really bad. Brian left and about 10 minutes later he along with the camp director and 2 other adult staff members came in and searched Franks belongings. They found a few joints and a couple of beers. The police were called and he was fired from camp. At the time he was about 16 and a Star rank. I still talk to Frank sometimes on facebook. He went on to earn his Eagle Scout and later became a Scout master. He is married and has 3 kids. He heads up the fire dept. where he lives and has saved many lives. He was honored by the mayor last year for heroism. Was he wrong for what he did? Of course he was. He was punished (by both the camp and his parents) and missed out on working at camp, which he loved. Don't get me wrong, I'm not excusing his actions, he got what he deserved. I've always been under the assumption though that Boy Scouts was created to help guide and teach young boys to become good men. If he was kicked out of Scouts or denied his Eagle rank would he have become the person he is today?
  16. Personally I would do it. It's a patriotic act made by your troop. Regardless of what the business is or it's political/religious leanings, if it wants a show of duty to country and patriotism, I think it would be almost wrong for Scouting to decline it. Duty to country is at the heart of Scouting. It always has been.
  17. I think I still have a pair of the ones with the thinner red stripe at the top. If I remember right though, there were two versions, one with a thick red stripe and one with a thin red stripe.
  18. I think that if you're intelligent and determined enough to learn multiple languages, why not? Besides, the strips are more of a utilitarian purpose then a decoration or award. If someone really needs an interpreter, it's helpful to be able to see them and know that you can help.
  19. Personally I haven't worn any since I was a youth. Our troop just started to use them again, I think someone had suggested it and we all thought it was a good idea.
  20. I'd love to get some, but they're more expensive than Boy Scout clothing.
  21. Welcome aboard, I just found my way here myself. I joined Cub Scouts in 86 and never looked back.
  22. I have not, but I think one of the boys from our troop who moved from New Mexico has talked about it. Love your username by the way.
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